Make an Orange Pomander Centerpiece (that lasts)!


How to make pomanders - that last!  They smell amazing!

Growing up, my mom always studded our Christmas ham with cloves.

I loved the smell!

So the amazing scent of a bowl full of orange pomanders always reminds me of Christmas.

Pomander comes from the word pommel d’ambre which means apple of amber.

How to make orange pomanders - that last

Set a bowl of cloves and a bowl of oranges on your coffee table and watch your family get creative.

They are so simple to make.

How to Make Orange Pomanders

1) Wash and dry oranges

2) Simply poke cloves into oranges (if you have trouble inserting them, use a skewer to poke a hole no deeper than the clove, then place clove into hole)

Get creative with patterns:  swirls, spirals, flowers …

3) Place the pomanders in a paper bag for a few weeks to dry them out

The cloves will draw out the juices and they’ll shrink in size.

4) Check on your pomanders every couple of days to make sure they aren’t getting moldy (make sure to remove any that develop mold)

Orange pomanders - see the best way to make them last for years

The best part, they’ll last for years.

DIY orange pomanders - that last

Why stop at a centerpiece, or these patterns?

See my Monogrammed Pomander Place Settings.

It’s how I’m setting my Christmas table this year.


Make sure to check out my tips on how to incorporate nature in winter decorating.

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  1. I have always loved these and wanted to try it. I’m pinning so that maybe someday I’ll make one! Have a very Merry Christmas!

  2. I remember making these in school as a kid. It’s nice to know it’s still a desireable item, they do last long time.
    Glad you shared this project, would like to make one or two again someday.
    Merry Christmas & Happy New Year

  3. Doing this for New Years, Kelly — Merry Christmas, friend!
    xo Heidi

  4. Definitely going to have to give this a try! I can only imagine how amazing it must smell!

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